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RAINBOW

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   Introducing   CHAPS

MUSIC

CIRCUS

SPARKLE

FLAME

ECLIPSE

STARLIGHT

MILKY WAY

WHISTLE

FEATHER

SCOOTER

HOLLYWOOD

MOONBEAM

STARDUST

DREAMER

FIREFLY

RAIN DANCE

STORMY

PRINCESS

LACE

BLAZING STAR

SPLASH

CANDY

SUMMER

MELODY

SHADOW

HOPE

ROCKET

SILVER

MAGIC MAN'S ON DEMAND

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Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible. Help bring books to life for children.

Gentle Carousel Inc.

P.O. Box 1672

High Springs, FL  32655

Phone: 352-226-9009

ReadingIsMagic1@gmail.com

    Magic selected Most Heroic Pet In America. See her in AARP the Magazine.

Gentle Carousel in Woman's World magazine.

Gentle Carousel was selected a charity partner in Disney's 2010 volunteer program "Give a Day. Get a Day."

 

    What an honor and thrill to have Gentle Carousel's Sundance as a riveting character in JASON AND ELIHU.-Shelley Fraser Mickle

"Your Reading Is Magic program and volunteers are heroes every time they walk into a school or library.  Using little miniature horses to inspire young children to read is most creative.  Congratulations on your wonderful charity, spirit and service to your community."

- Bill Bennett " Former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett

 

"Reading Is Magic!

Every child you inspire to read is a life forever changed. Thank you for that and for bringing books to life...

...Reading is magic. It can take you from outer space to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Either way, the journey is magical.

 ...Wow.  Love those little horses... Great job you're doing.  I'm proud of you." 

-Homer Hickam

  "To Magic and Gentle Carousel,  Thank you for all of your work.  Helping children read is the greatest magic of all,,,"

- James Gurney,

Best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series.  Thank you for the original artwork you created for Reading Is Magic.

 

Canine movie star Benji working with Magic.

"What they are doing is just so incredible.  They are making a difference. These people are the real deal.  They are down there in the trenches doing it."

 -Joe Camp

  Film writer, producer, director, bestselling author and man behind canine superstar Benji.

"What 'Reading Is Magic' does for kids by going into schools and igniting excitement for reading a story is beyond compare.  Keep the hoofbeats going."

Carl Joseph, Author of SOME CALLED ME

"Magic and Gentle Carousel,

  Inspiring children to read is magical.You are making a difference!"

 Chris Soentpiet - Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator

Presenting a library with one of the signed posters donated by Christ Soentpiet to Reading Is Magic.

Reading Is Magic on television.

"...Thank you for all the work you do.

...Reading is Magic!"

- Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award winner

  

Author Jessica Burkhart and Magic.

Gentle Carousel,

...Always follow your dreams.  Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something.  Stay positive and stay strong.  You have the ability to make amazing things happen!" Love, Jessica Burkhart 

Author of the Canterwood Crest book series

"Keep up the wonderful work you do...   

Best, Jon " Jon Provost - Appeared as Timmy Martin on Lassie

Magic appearing on The Ilene Silverman Show.

 

"To Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic,

You are making magic everyday with each child you help..."

- Dianne Ochiltree

Magic with four-time Olympian and ten-time US Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year, Karen O'Connor.

Life in the Galloping Lane, O'Connor

 

Magic with  David O'Connor, president of the United States Equestrian Federation, Olympic gold medalist and Pan American Games and World Equestrian Games medalist.

"To Magic and Gentle Carousel-

 You have a wonderful program. Thank you for bringing joy to children... Keep reading! It is magic!"

-Anna Grossnickle Hines, author and illustrator of over 50 children's books.

 

"Reading Is Magic,

Thank you for helping children learn to read...

- Michael Storrings"

 

 

Distant Thunder Velveteen Starlight

 AMHA/AMHR Bay Tovero with Blue Eye

 "Winter starlight glistens in the sky, winks and blinks and teases from on high. What a cheerful, happy sight to see; winter starlight, joyful and carefree. "

       

Starlight's look-a-like Reading Is Magic book.

 

Starlight is the daughter of:

Oak Parks Black Velvet Superstar

AMHA/AMHR 33" Jet Black Tobiano

Lab Tested:  Positive for Tobiano

 

Starlight is the daughter of:

Fowlers Medis Van Los Vanity

2004 30" AMHA Black Splash Sabino Overo with Blue Eye

Lab tested positive for sabino

 

Starlight is the granddaughter of:

Little Kings Black Velvet

The top producing son of the great Boones Little Buckeroo. 

Velvet is a top futurity sire and the sire of multiple World Champions and multiple World Grand Champions.

 

Starlight is the great granddaughter of :

Skip A Star

1985 National Grand Champion Senior Stallion

 

Starlight is the great granddaughter of :

 BOONES LITTLE BUCKAROO

Without a doubt, Buckeroo is the most well-known miniature stallion in the world today. He holds the unequaled record of winning three National Grand Champion Senior Stallion Titles. 

In TEN consecutive years, SEVEN Buckeroo sons and grandsons won the AMHA NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION SENIOR STALLION TITLE!

 

 

Starlight is the great great granddaughter of :

Roan Ranger

1985 National Grand Champion Senior Stallion

 

 

Starlight's Pedigree (Under construction)

Sire

OAK PARKS BLACK VELVET SUPERSTAR

2005 33" AMHA/AMHR Black Pinto

 

 

Sire

Little Kings Black Velvet

1991 32.50" Solid Black

Top Futurity Sire

Multiple World Champions and multiple World Grand Champion producer

Sire

 BOONES LITTLE BUCKAROO

1978 30.50" Buckskin

Without a doubt, Buckeroo is the most well-known miniature stallion in the world today. He holds the unequaled record of winning three National Grand Champion Senior Stallion Titles. 

In TEN consecutive years, SEVEN Buckeroo sons and grandsons won the AMHA NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION SENIOR STALLION TITLE!

Sire

POPLAR LANES SAMSON

1970 31" Solid Sorrel

Dam

   

JOHNSONS VANILLA

1975 34" Solid Palomino

Dam

Little Kings Red Velvet

1983 33.25" Solid Sorrel

Sire

KOMOKOS LITTLE KINGS SUPREME

1990 31.5" Solid Palomino

One of the foundation sires of the Little King Farm breeding program.  He produced multiple AMHA National Grand, National and Reserve National Champions.

Dam

KOMOKOS APPLE

 DUMPLING

1990 33" Solid Buckskin

Dam

HUNT HOUSE FARMS SUPERSTAR

1997 33" Chestnut Pinto

       

Sire

Sire

 
1982 31.25" 
Solid Chestnut     

1985 National Grand Champion Senior Stallion

National Champion

Producer and Sire of National Champion Producers

 

Sire

1974 30" Red Roan 

Sire of :

1985 National Grand Champion Senior Stallion

 Skip A Star
 
 Reserve National 
Grand Champion 
Stallion
 
Johnstonís Starlight Ranger 
 
National Grand Champion
 Junior Stallion
 

  NFCs Sugar BoyFor AMHR, he produced two-time National Grand Champion Stallion

 Gingerbread Farms Rapid Transit

Dam

33.50 Inches

Dam

BOND BAFFLES

1976 32.5"

Chestnut Pinto

 

Sire

BOND SIR GALAHAD

1966 27.5" Black Pinto

Dam

BOND BUNNY HOP

1968 34" Solid Chestnut

Dam

FOWLERS MEDIS VAN LOS VANITY

2004  30" AMHA Black Splash Sabino Overo with Blue Eye

Lab tested positive for sabino

 

Sire


FLABYS MEDICINE MAN

 1993 32.5" Sorrel Pinto

 

 


 

Sire

stAR ENTERPRISE 

1997 29.5"Solid Chestnut

Sire of:

FLABYS WONDER MAN

Sire

Sire

FREEMANS STAR

I965 30" Red Roan

Dam

ROLLING RIDGES SHADOW

32"

 Dam

FLABYS EASTER LILY

1993 32.25" Sorrel Pinto

 
Sire

DELLS GOLDEN NUGGET

1981 29.5" Red Roan

Dam

NANCY W

1983 30.75" Dapple Grey

Dam of:

Flabys Supreme

Dam

VAN LOS CHRISTINE

1995 32"Silver Dapple

Sire

VAN LOS TONY

1984 31.5" Solid Chestnut

Sire

MYLERS SHORTY

1975 32.5" Solid Chestnut

Dam

VAN LOS VANI

1980 37" Solid Chestnut

Dam

VAN LOS VANITY

1989 34" Solid Chestnut

Full sibling to:

VAN LOS PALEFACE

Dam of:

 Van Los Angel In Calico

Sire

VAN LOS TONY

1984 31.5" Solid Chestnut

  

Dam

MYLERS ANGEL

1977 33.5" Bay Pinto

Gentle Carousel's READING IS MAGIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill